Ford readies post-Christmas fix for Ranger airbag recall

Ford Motor Company is superseding a previous recall for certain 2004-2006 Ford Ranger trucks to implement a final repair of an airbag defect.

Upon deployment of the driver and passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, Ford says.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator at no cost. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 26 and will be launched in phases through the end of March 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 17S42.

This recall supersedes recall 16V-036 (driver’s side) and 15V322 (passenger side), which was an interim repair. Vehicles that received a replacement air bag inflator under the previous campaign need to return to a dealer to have an alternate inflator installed.